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Raleigh homeowner: Ex carried out threat to burn house down

Posted September 18, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014

— Raleigh police charged Joseph Edward Campbell, 50, Thursday with assault on a female, second-degree arson and other offenses related to a house fire Wednesday on Charny Drive.

Court documents show that the homeowner, Gloria Hendrickson, filed for a protection order against Campbell Wednesday afternoon.

In that application, Hendrickson wrote that Campbell came into the house they shared at 2118 Charny Drive at about 4 a.m., grabbed her and shook her, leaving visible bruises.

"He's threatening like he's going to do this to me and do that to me, and I'm scared," she told a 911 operator.

Hendrickson said Campbell  threatened to burn the house down.

"I can't take it. I'm scared. I'm nervous," she said.

When police arrived, Campbell left the house, but he returned around 9 a.m.

Campbell is also charged with communicating threats and interfering with emergency communications.

Hendrickson wrote that she had asked Campbell to move out of the house.

"Mr. Campbell grabbed my arm on the stairs," she wrote. "He told me if I leave him, he would burn down my house. He did today around 9:45 a.m."

Firefighters were called to the home, off New Hope Road, at about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. They had to cut a hole in the roof to fight the fire, but no one was injured.

Campbell was arrested just after noon on Thursday and was being held under $40,000 bond. The protective order bans him from returning to the house or being within 200 yards of Hendrickson.

Police took possession of his Ford pickup and his phone to search for evidence linked to the fire. In an application for a search warrant, Det. J.A. DeHaan wrote, "I have learned suspects will take photos or have evidence of the crime they committed on digital media which will include cell phone."


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  • Wise Man Says Sep 19, 2014

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    I agree with Hans on this one. All men need to respect women. Are we slowly spiraling down towards Sharia law where women can't drive or go to school?

  • liskm Sep 18, 2014

    Doesn't matter if it's NFL grown or 'home' grown~abuse needs to be addressed and stopped. Teeth need to be placed in the consequences of/charges.

  • snowl Sep 18, 2014

    "Burning down the house".... The deed is only in this ladies name. I hope that her insurance company will pay for the damages now that they say it's arson.

  • MudLife Sep 18, 2014

    I bet as soon as he's released he will go right back to where she is. Men get psycho when they have a restraining order on them.

  • Larry Wiandt Sep 18, 2014
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    Glock provides a better system

  • moomoo Sep 18, 2014

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    The story I read states he was arrested "just after noon on Thursday".

  • Claytonmomof2 Sep 18, 2014

    A protective order does little to stop someone that's on a mission. I hope they keep him locked up for quite some time if he's found guilty so this lady can have peace of mind.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Sep 18, 2014

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    Domestic violence is no laughing matter.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Sep 18, 2014

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    No. It's only a matter of time before he escalates. It is time to do something about domestic violence.


  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Sep 18, 2014

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    Oh, so "boys will be boys", eh? Men should be able to beat their women whenever they want, eh? Is that what you're saying? In my opinion, people that excuse domestic violence should be found guilty of aiding and abetting domestic violence and face harsh punishment.